The “Silicon Valley of Agriculture”
Stoneville, Mississippi, is home to what has been referred to as the “Silicon Valley of Agriculture,” a research facility boasting of start of the art laboratories, incubators, and problem solving research to private companies and the public sector throughout the world. This location houses the United States Department of Agriculture’s 15 state regional headquarters, Mississippi State University’s largest branch campus plus other state and federal research entities including the Forest Service. Over 800 people work at this advanced research center, including more than 200 Ph.D.’s. You can find more about them and their motivations if you scroll through the artiles at 123helpme.org.
Over $2 billion of agricultural products are grown a year in our region, with more billions being spend on the value-added production of such products after they are harvested. Our more than 6 million acres of farmland is widely considered the most fertile soil in North America.
Our Cluster of Existing Industries
- CF Industries
- Crop Production Services, Inc
- Helena Chemical
- Louis Dreyfus Commodities
- Performance Food Groups
- Tyson Foods
- Uncle Ben’s Rice
Mars Food R&D Center
- Mars Food recently announced a $31 million investment in Greenville, Mississippi, to construct a state-of-the-art R&D center to support innovations for Mars Food’s bands globally.
- Click here to read about this announcement: https://www.mississippi.org/news-room/mars-food10-21-2014
- We are home to Delta Catfish Farming, widely known as the highest quality catfish in the world. Numerous processors have facilities in the Delta such as:
- Heartland Catfish
- America's Catch Catfish
- Freshwater Catfish
- And more
Highest Quality, Highest Volume, Lowest Cost Water Supply in the United States (Mississippi Embayment Aquifer System Map):
We take our availability to large quantities of quality water for granted, but in many parts of the USA industries are limited in how much water they can use not only by quantities but time of day. In some parts of the country, water rights have been auctioned off and held by big tycoons, not in our region. Additionally, buying large volumes of water can be expensive across the USA, but not in the Delta Strong™ region!